Ken Calvert

Ken Calvert


Rep. Calvert Statement on New Iran Strategy


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Rep. Calvert Votes for Emergency Hurricane and Wildfire Funding


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Rep. Calvert Votes for Major Step Towards Implementing Tax Reform for America


Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a majority of the House of Representatives (219 to 206) to approve the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Resolution (H. Con. Res. 71). The resolution paves the way towards consideration of comprehensive tax reform via the budget reconciliation process, making it immune from a Senate filibuster.

“The best thing Congress can do for American families and our economy is to pass tax reform that simplifies our code and lets taxpayers keep more of their hard-earned money,” said Rep. Calvert. “With the passage of the budget resolution, the House has taken a major step on the path towards tax relief. I’m hopeful the Senate will follow our example so we can move on to passing a tax reform bill.”


Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Resolution Highlights

(Provided by the House Budget Committee)


Balancing the Budget

The resolution draws a path toward a balanced budget within 10 years, without raising taxes, and places the government on a fiscal course sustainable for the long term. The national debt is already an impediment to greater prosperity and a threat to the security of future generations. This committee’s budget significantly reduces spending and reforms government programs to put us on a sustainable spending path.

Promoting Economic Growth

For the past eight years, government has been a hindrance to economic growth. This budget urges reversing this trend with a combination of pro-growth policies, including deficit reduction, spending restraint, comprehensive tax reform, welfare reform, Obamacare repeal-and-replace legislation, and regulatory reform. All can promote more robust growth over the longer term.

Ensuring a Strong National Defense

Defending America’s security is the highest priority of the Federal Government. To that end, this budget supports robust funding for troop training, equipment, compensation, and improved readiness.



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Rep. Calvert Statement on Gun Policy in the United States


Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement on gun policy in the United States:


“I have long been a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights and I will never waiver from that commitment.  However, it is incumbent on all of us to reflect on our current gun laws and seek to better protect ourselves and each other.  


“There are steps that both the Executive and the Congress can take to protect innocent Americans from an attack such as Las Vegas.  There is simply no reason for someone to be able to modify a legal weapon to shoot like a machine gun.  Bump stocks should never have been made legal and we must act quickly to ban them.  I have agreed to sign a letter urging the ATF to reverse their 2010 ruling that allowed the sale of bump stocks and I am working with a number of Republicans and Democrats on a potential legislative solution as well.  


“Protecting the rights of law-abiding American citizens while providing for the safety of our communities are not mutually exclusive goals.”



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Reps. Calvert and LaMalfa Introduce the Federally Integrated Species Health Act


Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) and Congressman Doug LaMalfa (CA-1), and others, introduced the Federally Integrated Species Health (FISH) Act, H.R. 3916. The legislation would consolidate the management and regulation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) within the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).


“It makes no sense to have multiple federal agencies responsible for enforcing the ESA,” said Rep. Calvert. “The FISH Act is a good government bill that will benefit species and all stakeholders affected by the ESA through a unified approach to managing threatened and endangered species. As we have seen in the California Bay Delta and other complex habitats, there are often conflicting and incompatible measures taken by different resource agencies.”


Rep. LaMalfa said: “Last year, the conflicting ESA responsibilities of the FWS and NMFS resulted in one agency demanding that water be released from Shasta Dam for Delta smelt, while simultaneously the other agency demanded that water be held back for salmon. The right hand should know what the left hand is doing, and the FISH Act will lead to better decisions by ensuring personnel working on different species actually talk to one another when developing policies. Farmer or environmentalist, urban or rural, everyone should support cutting duplicative bureaucracies to generate ESA plans that work.”  


The ESA is currently administered by FWS and the Commerce Department’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The FWS has primary responsibility for terrestrial and freshwater organisms, while the responsibilities of NMFS are mainly marine wildlife such as whales and anadromons fish, such as salmon.  The FISH Act would transfer all of the NMFS’ ESA responsibilities to the FWS.







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Rep. Calvert Statement on Las Vegas Shooting


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Rep. Calvert Praises Tax Reform Framework


Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) praised the unified tax reform framework developed by the Trump Administration, the House Committee on Ways and Means, and the Senate Committee on Finance.

“The tax reform framework announced today is an important step towards making America’s tax code fairer, simpler and more competitive,” said Rep. Calvert. “We need a tax code that works for the middle-class and for our job creators. By putting America first we can create more economic opportunities that will benefit hard-working families throughout our country.”

The Trump Administration, the House Committee on Ways and Means, and the Senate Committee on Finance have developed a unified framework to achieve pro-American, fiscally-responsible tax reform. This framework will drive the debate as Congress looks to craft a 21st century tax code that is built for growth, supports middle-class families, defends our workers, protects our jobs, and puts America first. It will deliver fiscally responsible tax reform by broadening the tax base, closing loopholes and growing the economy. It includes:

  • Tax relief for middle-class families.

  • The simplicity of “postcard” tax filing for the vast majority of Americans.

  • Tax relief for businesses, especially small businesses.

  • Ending incentives to ship jobs, capital, and tax revenue overseas.

  • Broadening the tax base and providing greater fairness for all Americans by closing special interest tax breaks and loopholes.

With the release of the framework, tax-writing committees will now draft legislation through a transparent and inclusive committee process. Throughout the process, Rep. Calvert will work with his colleagues in the House to help develop additional reforms that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our tax system.

The full framework can be found HERE, and a one page overview can be found HERE.


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Rep. Calvert Votes for Government-Wide Funding Bill



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Rep. Calvert Urges FERC to Deny Waiver for LEAPS Project


In a letter sent earlier this month, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) has urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to deny Nevada Hydro’s request to waive pre-filing licensing requirements for its proposed Lake Elsinore Advanced Pumped Storage (LEAPS) Project due to significant local concerns with the project.


“I have heard from many of my constituents and the city of Lake Elsinore regarding their concerns with the LEAPS Project,” said Rep. Calvert. “FERC should deny any attempt to fast-track the project and take into account the many questions and complicated issues surrounding the LEAPS Project. The region around Lake Elsinore has changed dramatically since Nevada Hydro first submitted its environmental documents and original application in 2007. The outdated documents and significant community concerns make it vital that FERC deny the waiver request and follow a deliberative process that fully scrutinizes the project.”






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Calvert, Smith, and Goodlatte Introduce Bill to Protect Jobs for Americans and Legal Workers


Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42), Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21), and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (VA-6) introduced the Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 3711) to preserve jobs for citizens and legal workers by requiring U.S. employers to check the work eligibility of all future hires through the E-Verify system. 


“Mandatory E-Verify is long overdue,” said Rep. Calvert. “The program is ready to go mandatory and the Legal Workforce Act will deliver on the promise to ensure that American jobs go to American workers and those authorized to work in the U.S. Chairman Smith and Chairman Goodlatte continue to demonstrate tremendous leadership in advancing the use of E-Verify and protecting American workers.”


In 1996, Rep. Calvert authored the legislative language that created the E-Verify program, the only tool available for employers to voluntarily check the legal work status of newly hired employees. Since then, Rep. Calvert has worked steadily over the years to expand E-Verify and pushed to make it mandatory.


E-Verify is operated by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), E-Verify checks the social security numbers of newly hired employees against Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security records to help ensure that they are genuinely eligible to work in the U.S. The program quickly confirms 99.8% of work-eligible employees and takes less than two minutes to use. Nearly 740,000 American employers currently use E-Verify. A summary of key components of the Legal Workforce Act can be found here here.

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Rep. Calvert Speaks at the Introduction of the Legal Workforce Act

2017-09-07 18:34:11

Rep. Calvert Statement in Support of National Security Funding Bill

2017-07-26 20:50:58

Rep. Calvert Remarks in Support of the GROW Act

2017-07-12 21:32:43

KNX 1070 - Earthquake Early Warning System Funding Restored

2017-07-12 18:50:23

Rep. Calvert Asks EPA Administrator Pruitt About the Clean Diesel Program

2017-06-15 18:54:10

Rep. Calvert's Remarks on Bill Facilitating the Ontario Airport Transfer

2016-06-21 21:36:25

Rep. Calvert Remarks on Military Spending Bill

2016-06-14 21:34:58

Rep. Calvert, Colleagues Discuss Funding for SB Attack Response

2015-12-18 17:32:12

Dont Veto Our Troops

2015-10-26 17:40:08

Rep. Calvert Floor Speech About the Need to Enforce Immigration Laws

2015-07-23 19:15:55

Rep. Ken Calvert PSA - Mental Health Awareness

2015-07-21 19:19:46

Rep. Ken Calvert PSA - Support Our Troops

2015-07-21 19:01:40

Rep. Calvert's Floor Remarks on California Water Bill

2015-07-16 15:25:44

House of Representatives Tribute to the Victims of the Nepal Helicopter Crash

2015-05-20 23:24:46

Rep. Calvert Statement Supporting Amendments Preventing Obama's Executive Amnesty Plan

2015-01-14 00:37:29

Rep. Calvert Floor Speech on Regulatory Overreach

2014-09-09 20:08:51

Rep. Calvert Speaks on California Drought Relief Bill

2014-02-05 21:01:31

Rep. Calvert's Remarks on the Distinguished Flying Cross Memorial

2013-10-29 19:41:22

Rep. Calvert remarks on bill to simplify Veterans' education benefits

2013-10-28 22:08:02

Rep. Calvert: "Mr. President - Tear Down These Barricades!"

2013-10-02 22:04:39

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Ken Calvert, a lifelong resident of Riverside County and 17-year small business owner in the restaurant and real estate industries, represents the 42nd Congressional District of southern California. Calvert was born on June 8, 1953 and attended neighborhood public schools, graduating from Corona High School in 1971. He attended two years at Chaffey College, in Alta Loma, and then enrolled at San Diego State University, where he graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Ken is a Protestant and is involved in several local community volunteer organizations.

The 42nd District encompasses the western edge of Riverside County including the cities of Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Lake Elsinore, Wildomar, Canyon Lake, Menifee, Murrieta and a portion of Temecula. Rep. Calvert was first elected to the House in 1992 and was part of the historic “Contract with America” class  in 1994 that swept the House to Republican control for the first time in 40 years.

In the 113th Congress, Rep. Calvert continues to serve on the House Appropriations Committee where he is the Chairman of the Interior and the Environment Subcommittee.  Rep. Calvert is also a member of the Defense Subcommittee and the Energy and Water Subcommittee.  He also serves on the House Budget Committee.  Rep. Calvert was also selected to serve as the Chairman of the California Republican Delegation.

Rep. Calvert has been the California Republican Delegation’s voice on the House Steering Committee, which determines House Republican committee assignments, since 2003.

In the 113th Congress, Rep. Calvert’s legislative priorities includes: enacting pro-growth policies that will help our struggling economy; reducing our national debt; reforming our tax code; supporting our military around the world and supporting the mission in Afghanistan; strengthening our borders and making the use of E-Verify mandatory for all employers in the U.S.; creating long-term solutions to California’s energy and water problems; working towards the implementation and funding of new transportation corridors vital to Riverside County’s future; reducing the time it takes to build infrastructure projects by making common sense, bi-partisan reforms to our environmental laws; and, much more.

Serving With

Doug LaMalfa


Tom McClintock


Paul Cook


Jeff Denham


David Valadao


Devin Nunes


Kevin McCarthy


Steve Knight


Ed Royce


Mimi Walters


Dana Rohrabacher


Darrell Issa


Duncan Hunter


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